A roundtable discussion held at The International Center for Ethnic Studies on Future Security & Implications of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and Emergency Regulations in Post-War Sri Lanka.
It was attended by a wide assortment of diplomatic community, Government-non government personalities and journalists on 9th of March 2010 proved to be a well rounded discussion brought to lime light, the prevailing yet disregarded factual problems of International reconciliation on post war LTTE crisis.
Prof. Rohan Gunaratna (Head, The International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore), Shanaka Jayasekara, (Associate Lecturer, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia) and Dr. Deepika Udagama (former Head of Department, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo) led the roundtable discussion.
Instigating the discussion, Dr. Rohan Gunaratna stated that although the LTTE has been militarily annihilated, hardly any strategy had been administered to terminate powerful LTTE support networks in the international arena. He stated that the degree of damage to the LTTE international network has been minimal and insisted that the recent demonstrations from the pro LTTE supportive Global Tamil Forum and the Transnational Government indicates a heavy threat to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
Prof. Gunaratna also disclosed that the latest antics of British Parliamentary figure David Milliband at the recently conferred Global Tamil Forum is a clear indication of the existence of LTTE movements with vast levels of resources and connections at its disposal. He emphasized that pro LTTE personages’ approach of the British government at the brink of British parliamentary Elections with bargaining power of the Tamil votes had quite obviously turned to a constituency pressure the British’s cannot resist.
Contending that the most powerful ingredient of the LTTE as its ideological element, he stated that to counter challenge the damages inflicted, the SL Gvnt. and media must promote the ideology or philosophy of moderation of toleration and of coexistence.
Shanaka Jayasekara vocalizing next disclosed that the inadequate progresses pursued by the Foreign Ministry to counter the LTTE propaganda machine have resulted mostly in the suffered international image of Sri Lanka. He also stated that a well known individual named Ponniah Anandarajah a.k.a Aiya with great influence over movements of Global Tamil forum and shipping network that was once owned and operated by the LTTE. He implied that the Government of Sri Lanka will have to reformulate its foreign policy so that Sri Lanka will be able to counter the new threat posed by these individuals and groups with the extreme violent ideological massages spread by the pro LTTE Diaspora.
Dr. Deepika Udagama questions whether the Prevention of Terrorism Act in particular serves any goal in barricading the LTTE stances neither here nor there. Dr Udagama states that it is the responsibility of the Government to heal the wounds between the different ethnic groups who have suffered as a result of the armed conflicts. Dr Udugama stated to reinstate democracy of the country, a definite amendment of the security implications such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act and Emergency Regulations must be initiated.